Three Long Ranger units gain new commanders

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Three units with the 307th Bomb Wing welcomed new commanders here during the October unit training assembly.

 Lt. Col. Kathleen Stefanich assumed command of the 307th Maintenance Squadron, Maj. Juliana Bean assumed command of the 307th Force Support Squadron, and Capt. Joshua Khune took command of the 307th Security Forces Squadron, replacing outgoing commander, Maj. Joel Brown

Stefanich, who previously served as the 916th Maintenance Squadron commander at Seymour-Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina, addressed her unit for the first time during her assumption of command.

"I've only been here a few weeks, but I am in awe of the positive attitudes, professionalism, and team spirit," she told the assembly. "I will work hard every day to ensure we make the mission happen while supporting all of you and clearing the obstacles in the way of performing your jobs."

Stefanich holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Notre Dame and master's degrees from Duke University and American Military University. She has deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

Bean is a familiar face at the 307th FSS, having served as its operations officer before assuming command. The U.S. Air Force Academy graduate served on active duty from 2010 to 2017 before transitioning to the Air Force Reserve as the 307th Mission Support Group executive officer.

"Her leadership style is amazing, her commitment to her Airman is extraordinary, she is a true team player, she is an authentic leader, and she will continue this transformational culture," said Col. Barry Crane, 307th Mission Support Group commander, during his speech at the assumption of command ceremony.

Speaking at his change of command ceremony, Khune addressed the members of the 307th Security Forces Squadron directly.

"I have watched you work for the past two months, and it is my honor to stand with you and serve with you," he said. "Continue to work hard and keep up the standard of excellence you have demonstrated."

The Ohio native, a USAFA graduate, also holds a Masters in Business Administration from Kaplan University. He served as the 42nd SFS at Maxwell AFB, Alabama, before taking his current assignment. On active duty, Khune deployed to Thumrait Air Base, Oman, where he served as an anti-terrorism officer.